The look into rubbish required exploring the type of rubbish found in our school and the village.
After collecting the school's rubbish, we graphed the items we found. It was discovered that there was a significant number of chip/snack wrappers gathered, more than any other type of rubbish. This is likely due to its lightweight material and ability to fly great distances.
The village provided different results. In a 1.5km street walk, we collected a wide range of materials, a lot of small plastic pieces, plastic from a wide range of things in the grass, in the bushes, in the gutter, in the drains and even in the dirt. We found a dumped office chair and an old hand-painted sign from the dairy. We estimate our collection to be about 25kgs of rubbish.
Lastly, we wanted to see if we could make plastic out of cornstarch, which is natural and biodegradable. We set out to make plastic, and we are surprised it makes something that feels like plastic. It would be good to see if we could make bowls.